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After visiting Lil Wayne in jail on Thursday, Kanye West changed out of his green striped polo, dusted any album-hack rumors off his sharp suit shoulders, speed up to Greenwich CT, and joined his buddy LeBron James at the vainglorious announcement of his announcement.

“I’m taking my talents to South Beach…”-LBJ

LeBron delivered “The Decision” to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat live on ESPN, and the reactions were instant and passionate. Even before the announcement, there were know-it-alls with bad sources, LeBron stalking, and sportswriters who ripped LeBron’s strategy (Deadspin called him a “c–ksucker”). After the announcement, there were superhyped Miami fans, Rick Ross bragging about his courtside seats, and celebs booking their South Beach trips for Sat’s private party (that I was already hearing about on Weds, lol).

But, on the other hand, there were also Cleveland die-hards burning their #23 jerseys, girls crying at sports bars, and most shocking, a virulent letter from the Cleveland Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert. Gilbert’s sore grapes letter not only accused LeBron of cowardly betrayal, but he also “guaranteed” a Cleveland championship, and planted a curse upon the Heat for signing LeBron. Basically, this guy Gilbert gave LeBron an NBA version of the Miss Celie “Until you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna fail!” Color Purple curse. (Read the whole letter after the jump)

As casual observer, the rollercoaster, the circus and the soap opera has been fascinating. I definitely feel for embittered Cavs fans…but thoroughly enjoyed the twitty repartee, LOL.

After the jump….read Cleveland Cav’s owner’s scathing letter to LeBron, and watch LeBron’s post-announcement interview, etc.

Lebron talks to Michael Wilborn about what went into his decision to go with Miami. He also talks about the reaction that he will face in Cleveland, the burning of his jersey by Cleveland fans, and what sacrifices he will be making in his quest for an NBA championship

I can’t imagine that, in the long run, this guy Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavs, won’t regret hitting send on this open letter to LeBron James and the distraught Cavs fans….it’s a rash reaction that’s borderline absurd. But clearly, emotions are clouding this guy’s composure.

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Just watch.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

Um….im no sports buff….but didn’t LeBron and the Cavs have a work-for-hire agreement that was  mutually beneficial over the past 7 years? Mr. Gilbert makes it sound like LeBron suckled on his teat without leaving a crumpled $20 on the dresser in return.